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Consciousness and the World

Brian O'Shaughnessy


This book presents a theory of consciousness, one of the most fascinating but puzzling aspects of human existence. It investigates what consciousness is and how it engages, through perception, with the world. Whatever mystery there may be about origins of consciousness, this book suggests that there is no mystery about what it is. It is the book's contention that consciousness consists in a closely knit complex of occurrent mental phenomena and powers with thinking and self-knowledge at the centre — and nothing else. The book proceeds to give a philosophical elucidation of its nature, analysin ... More

Keywords: perception, origins of consciousness, mental phenomena, self-knowledge, world-oriented phenomenon, attention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256723
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0199256721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian O'Shaughnessy, author
Emeritus Reader in Philosophy, King's College London
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